Kitty's Drawings - Bout time 4 an update - lots of progress!
Well it only be fitting that I should call this thread the same as my blog. :-D
A little about me - I've been drawing pretty much all my life - since I could hold a pencil (and I'm 25 now). Was always drawing pretty much all the time until I got to about 19 and then I stopped for a few years.....Mostly to do with bad boyfriend (in the end) and illicit substances.
Picked it up again in the last few years and it's only been a few months since I *really* started to take it seriously again. Trying to be comfortable with my skills and not be continually frustrated that what I see in my head is so hard to transfer to paper. I don't really have toooo many issues with drawing from life but its a matter of getting off my butt and DOING it - Is it normal for a creative person to also be lazy? I know I'm not doing myself any favours by being slack and making excuses (which I am prone to do - what's that? "I dont have TIME??" BULLSHIT).
So now I'm making an effort to sketch every day. Even if it's shit.
The things I need to work on most I think are general anatomy and posing - A face I can draw okay (not that that doesn't need work) but muscle and bone structure I really need to get down pat.
Oh and FINISHING THINGS. I have issues with composition and details - particularly clothing etc.
Okay so I pretty much need to work on everything. Heh. That's okay.
RAMBLES ASIDE - this forum is Fantastic and I'm so happy to trawl through the huge wealth of information and learning material here - and also to find much inspiration amongst the amazing artists here. I expect my post whoring here will overtake my obsession with the Aussie Vogue forum (!!!). Hehe.
Anyways - here's some sketches and stuff from my Flickr account. All pretty recent. All pretty average. Crits welcome of course :-)
I kind of like this pose but I have NO idea which way to position the head.
I like this - but the feet are a bit munted. Hmm
The bottom right one is dreadful :-(
And finally (sorry for the HUGE dump of stuff!).... a sketch and the finished piece :-D
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Had a crack at drawing some poses from PoseSpace. About 10 minutes a piece. Crits please???
I know the front leg of the chick leaning back is way off. The knee isn't right I dont think and the calf too long.
You have a great sense of style and I really love how you digitally color. There's a lot of personality behind all of your artwork! Now, what I think would be a valuble study for you would be to take what you know with style and try and push it into a more realistic figure. You are currently drawing rather large headed women with thin bodies. Try out some more realistic anatomy (it can still be stylized), and proportions, and then give the gesture the push you're giving these drawings. Additionally, I think an important thing for you would be to keep a good reference out of skeletal anatomy even for these stylized pieces. In certain images some of the joints are getting very thin, or the bones look like they'd have a hard time bending that way. They're not big mistakes, but correcting them would make your art even that much better!
I am a big fan of crosshatching, but when you add it to your figures, be sure you're not just hatching away back and forth or in little X patterns. Cross hatch with the figure, or you start to flatten it a little. Think about how the form moves along the figure and imagine the cross hatch line as representational of that. A great example is, actually, a dollar bill! (if you're in America... I don't know other money systems x3). There is some beautiful cross hatching going on in those that really follow the flow of the figure. You don't have to go into that much detail, but it's still good to think about how you can best define the form.
Now, lastly, I like all these female figures, but make sure you do some good ol' male sketches as well ! It's great to see a lovely variety of figures!
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Eeee thank you SO much for the excellent critique :-D
I definitely need to get my hands on some good anatomy books. I've only got Dynamic Anatomy at the moment - though I shall purchase the Loomis and Bridgman books very soon (might get them now actually).
You're right I dont know much about the skeletal structure - so seeing the photos I like to make stuff skinny where it probably shouldn't be before I know what REALLY lies beneath. Need to draw me some BONES.
Thanks for the tips about the crosshatching - I tend to just draw willy nilly with my pencil. I like mechanical pencils too so they can be a bit harsh. I'll focus on where I put those finer lines instead of hacking them in. Hehe.
Oh and I'm Aussie so no dollar bills to look at - but the Aussie dollar also has the same thing. I guess you mean more contouring and getting the pencil to follow the line of the muscle.
Thanks again for taking the time to reply! Love these forums - so constructive and informative - and INSPIRING
You are welcome!
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Those are all great books for figures. I love me some Bridgeman. I always feel like I should suggest Drawing People by Barbara Bradley as it helps you progress to the clothed figure.
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Hey kitty have to agree with Meralynn you have a wicked sense of style that i like a lot for the anatomy studies you can get all the loomis books from the internet and the Bridgeman's over here in the UK are really affordable. Keep posting
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Awesome Mera I will add that book to my purchase list. Ta!
Latigid - thanks for dropping by :-) And thanks for the compliments on my drawings! I know the books are way affordable in the UK! Hehe I get all mine from Book Depository - so much cheaper than buying them in Australia :-D
First of all - ideas for this weeks CHOW which I am pathetically late for and so I doubt I will ever get past the sketchy stage. We'll see what next weeks entry is and I might have a crack at it :-D
So this is Frank's Bride - the first sketch I did the pose is pretty out there and shoulders are all wrong - but me likes the exaggerated lines. The face is the best bit which I haven't been able to redraw larger. Boo!
The second is taken from a photo reference. Pose is a bit more natural (not so big a head this time!) but the hand is blah.
In terms of character development, I thought it would be cool if she had a corset/bodice made of duct tape - all wound really tight....and maybe some flimsy cloth for her skirt - like doctors gauze. Would be a bitch for me to draw at my level but mebbe I'll see it through huh? Anyway, those details would give it a more modern feel and a sort of industrial/crazy doctor/slap-dash vibe.
And now completely unrelated....
The most amazing suit I have seen in my LIFE! Vintage silk from the Forties. Shame its $325!!
Soooo I was having a go at drawing fabric. And taking more care with my lines and contouring. This felt very different to draw than the figure. I didn't do barely any guide lines - only to set the shoulders and the shape of the bust...which is rare for me as you can probably tell! I'm rather surprised at myself for managing to draw it so neat.
Sorry if I'm too wordy for you all! Don't get too much of a chance to talk about arty stuff in a place where people might actually respond. Hehe.
You have a very nice style!
Hi! I am really impresses with your work. I admire the way you draw and put color to your obra. What is your inspiration to do such beautiful pieces of art?
nice work here keep it up
Thanks so much everyone :-)
Rayalger - My inspiration is definitely beautiful girls! Though not always the 'standard' beautiful....I like a lot of pics with girls who have tatts and piercings or strangely coloured hair!
Hmm and I like a nice line - like nice clean and flowing...though its not something I can do that well hehee.
And peaceful and serene scenes or a picture that evokes that feeling.
Anyways - I think I might have a go at this weeks CHOW. I love the theme - Can really get into the family history with it....Get to use the family crest and all that.
So today I sketched a few horses. The last one is the pic I might use. Now to figure out how to put a person on it and make it look like its set in 2706 AD!!
References all taken from iStockPhoto.
For CHOW this week. I played around with the idea some more and came up with this rough sketch.
First two are me trying to get position right and the last is the final composition.
Any glaring mistakes so far? I know my anatomy is a bit wack but I'm going to try and find a pic to reference today.
So does this look okay?
Hey, thanks for your comments Yeah, I should really try that haha
You have some nice sketches in here, the digital stuff is quite impressive
Mine isn't yet, I started using PS about a year ago so I still have to learn a lot
Keep it up (:
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A WIP of one of the previous sketches. Playing around with painting in PS.
Feeling very frustrated with the whole process. I dont know if I'm not comfortable on my computer, its just too hot and I'm generally feeling BLAH about my skills.
Really itching for my Bridgman and Loomis books to arrive in the mail so I can start studying those.
Any tips on where I can move forward with this piece?
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